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In the early Middle Ages, borrowed manuscripts were exchanged through networks that linked monasteries, schools, and private libraries. By analyzing the letters of abbot Servatus Lupus, also called Lupus of Ferrières, I suggest that the practice of lending was a social process primarily based on trust, reputation, and mutual obligation between scholars.
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This page is a summary of: Book-borrowing in the early Middle Ages: a case study of Servatus Lupus (c. 805–862), Library & Information History, December 2020, Edinburgh University Press, DOI: 10.3366/lih.2020.0032.
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